El-Baghdadi, Iyad

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El-Baghdadi, Iyad Gender: M
born on 17 June 1977 at 18:45 (= 6:45 PM )
Place Kuwait City, Kuwait, 29n20, 47e59
Timezone MSK h3e (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 26°19' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 06°08 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 26°17'

Iyad El-Baghdadi (2017)
photo: re:publica, license cc-by-sa-3.0-de


United Arab Emirates entrepreneur, writer, and human rights activist who attained international prominence during the Arab Spring. A self-styled "Islamic libertarian," he is an outspoken critic of both Islamic movements and secular dictatorships, and has set himself apart from many other activists through his use of humour and sarcasm.

In March 2011, he posted an online collection of his satirical tweets entitled The Arab Tyrant’s Manual. Within weeks it was translated into over a dozen languages. He is also the author of the two-volume Arab Spring Manifesto, in which he outlined a vision of an "Islamic libertarianism" that he hoped could become the guiding philosophy of his region in the wake of the Arab Spring

On 30 April 2014 he was detained by authorities in the UAE, deported 13 days later, then, accompanied by his pregnant wife, accepted as a Palestinian refugee by Malaysia. On 17 June, Baghdadi’s birthday, his wife gave birth to a son.

On 23 October 2014 he applied for political asylum in Norway.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Social : Begin Travel 30 April 2014 (Deported from UAE)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 17 June 2014 (Birth of son, Ismael)
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  • Other Social 23 October 2014 (Applied for political asylum in Norway)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes him on Twitter: "Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. I was actually born at sunset so you could say I'm a few minutes past 35 now :)" (posted 17 Jun 2012) [1], "I'm born in '77" [2], "I was born in Kuwait and lived all my life in the UAE" [3]. Same birthdate given in news report, "Meet The Arab Spring Activist Deported By The UAE Who Is Now Speaking Out" by Sophia Jones, Huff Post, 2 Nov. 2014: "June 17, el-Baghdadi's own birthday" [4].


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One son)
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political (Arab Spring democracy activist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist (Social media)